DYLAN Browne McMonagle continued a fine run of form with a double at Dundalk last Friday night.

He teamed up with boss Joseph O’Brien in the opening Irish EBF Median Sires Series Maiden when newcomer Malleymoo justified favouritism.

The daughter of English Channel had plenty to do turning for home but the 9/2 shot picked up stylishly to get to the front inside the final furlong and record a length-and-a-quarter success over Tea Tree Bay.

The winning jockey, in the colours of Bronsan Racing and Magnolia Racing, said afterwards: “She was a little bit hesitant coming out of the gates and I was a little bit further back than planned.

“She went through the gears really nicely in the straight, she picked up well and didn’t do much when she got there. She’s definitely an exciting one for the future.”

Tighter affair

It was a much tighter affair a couple of races later when 11/2 shot Super Over edged the verdict in the Soulus Ceramics Handicap over seven furlongs.

Browne McMonagle’s mount fought it out with Eglish inside the final furlong and got home by a short-head verdict at the line.

Trainer Denis Coakley said afterwards: “It’s great, the horse is owned by good friends of mine and they were kind enough to buy a horse for me to train, so I’m just glad to give them a winner.

“Ciaran Mooney, Adam Mooney, Mark McCloskey and Colm Holmes own him and the first three have been friends for over 30 years.

Keane level again in title race

IT looks set to be another thrilling finish to the jockeys’ title race with nothing to split Billy Lee and Colin Keane after Friday night.

The reigning champion struck on the Ger Lyons-trained Smile Of Love in the Conrad Developments Handicap as the Tamayuz filly backed up her wide-margin maiden success at Bellewstown.

Keane produced the 5/1 shot on the outer in the straight and David Spratt’s filly got to the front inside the final furlong to post a length-and-a-half win over Rocky Dreams.

Assistant trainer Shane Lyons said afterwards: “We were going to go straight to the Cooley Stakes but she had a nice rating so we said we’d take this in.

“She had a wide draw to overcome but, given what we think of her, we thought that Colin and herself would overcome that which they did. She’ll go straight to the Cooley Stakes now and hopefully get a bit of blacktype.”


Chris Hayes was also hoping Alaroos could go on to better things after her victory in the concluding William Rogers Construction Ltd Handicap.

The Kevin Prendergast-trained filly went to post 2/1 favourite in the mile-and-a-half contest and showed a good attitude to get the better Fleet Commander inside the final furlong for a neck win.

“She has a beautiful pedigree, I don’t know what the immediate plans are and whether she’s in the sales or not,” Hayes said.

“With a pedigree like that you’d love to go chasing blacktype at some stage but if there is another handicap between now and the sales, we might have another go.”

The Jack Davison-trained Brighter London looked another with a future when landing the Irish EBF Median Sire Series Maiden earlier on the card.

Ronan Whelan got a good tune from the Lightning Spear colt in the closing stages to grab King Of Scotia and record a three-quarter-length win in the seven-furlong contest.

Davison said of the 10/1 winner: “He’s a nice colt to have. He was well bought at the breeze-ups by a friend of mine, bloodstock agent, Barry Lynch.

“Whatever he does over seven furlongs this year, he’ll do more over a mile next year. He’s done things mostly on raw ability this year.”

Patience pays off for Pierre connections

PIERRE Lapin recorded his first victory for Ado McGuinness when just getting the better of stablemate Cordouan in the Haughhain Solicitors Handicap.

In-form apprentice Adam Caffrey, in the colours of Gary Devlin, came late on the 11/1 shot as he pipped his rival on the line to record a nose win.

“It’s been a long time coming with this fella and I thought he was after being done again,” said McGuinness.

“I’m delighted with the two horses, they’ve both ran crackers. The two apprentices gave them both great rides.

“He’s been running consistently well all year in some big premier handicaps and he’s a good horse. He’s after booking his ticket for another year in the place.”

Patience was also rewarded with Dragon Roll in the second division of the Harrison Contracts NI Apprentice Handicap.

Eamonn O’Connell’s charge was having her fourth run back after missing a chunk of time and came with a strong surge to lead between horses inside the final furlong.

She kept on well for Mikey Sheehy in the closing stages to record a length-and-a-quarter win at odds of 7/1.

“She had a lot of problems but we got her back and we’ll keep going with her here as Mikey said she enjoyed that surface,” said O’Connell.

Mads Black Eights bounced back to form to land the first division of the apprentice handicap for Matthew Smith.

Sam Ewing produced the 15/2 shot to challenge between horses at the furlong marker in the 10-furlong contest and she got on top in the closing stages to record a three-quarter-length win.

“I’m delighted. She won nicely at Leopardstown during the summer but has had a few disappointing runs since,” said Smith. “She liked the better surface there, she’s had one or two good runs here before. Sam is a great young lad and he gave her a good ride.”